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July 12, 2020

ICYMI: U.S. Department of Labor Acts to Help American Workers and
Employers During the Coronavirus Pandemic

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor took a range of actions to aid American workers and employers as our nation combats the coronavirus pandemic.

Reopening America's Economy:

  • U.S. Secretary of Labor Scalia Addresses Economic Re-Opening And Workplace Safety during Visit to Florida – Secretary Scalia traveled to Jacksonville, Florida to discuss the continued re-opening of the economy and to highlight the importance of workplace safety during the re-opening. He participated in a roundtable discussion with local business and civic leaders, and visited Crowley Maritime, where he met with company executives and employees. Secretary Scalia remarked, "The business leaders I spoke with in Florida today recognize the importance of workplace safety and health as we re-open businesses and the economy. I would like to thank Governor Ron DeSantis for joining me today and for his leadership as Florida focuses on a safe reopening."
  • U.S. Department of Labor Awards More Than $90 Million in Grants to Help Justice-Involved Individuals Enter the Workforce – Secretary Scalia traveled to Boston, Massachusetts to announce $90 million in reentry grants with Pathway Home grant awardee Volunteers of America of Massachusetts. Secretary Scalia stated, "President Trump and his Administration believe in providing a second chance to Americans who have served their time in the criminal justice system. These grants reflect this commitment to helping all Americans find jobs and participate meaningfully in the economy. The assistance the grants provide to men and women transitioning back into society will be especially valuable as we overcome the economic challenges posed by coronavirus."

Keeping America's Workplaces Safe and Healthy:

Defending Workers' Rights to Paid Leave and Wages Earned:

During the coronavirus pandemic, the Department of Labor is focused on protecting the safety and health of American workers, assisting our state partners as they deliver traditional unemployment and expanded unemployment benefits under the CARES Act, ensuring Americans know their rights to new paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave, providing guidance and assistance to employers, and carrying out the mission of the Department.

The mission of the Department of Labor is to foster, promote and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.

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Release Number: 20-1403-NAT

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